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Craft brewer Matt Willerton looks up — way, way up — to check out the crop at Hop To It last month.

Hops gaining ground here — and craft brewers couldn’t be happier

Alberta isn’t known for hops but that’s changing fast as growers master the tricky crop

Reading Time: 5 minutes It might not be the Yakima Valley — the hops capital of the world — but Alberta is no slouch when it comes to producing high-quality hops for the craft beer market. “The markets are definitely getting more prominent for Alberta hops,” said Jenelle Bjarnason, who owns Hop To It with husband Shayne. “It’s still […] Read more



Fresh hops can fetch $8 a pound, but only have a shelf life of about 24 hours before they must be dried.

Demand is there, but jumping into hops isn’t easy

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’re wondering if hops might be something you’d like to try, Ontario’s Ag Ministry’s website has a powerpoint primer called Local Hops: A brewing industry. Even though the presentation is barely a year old, Alberta doesn’t even make the list of hops-growing provinces. The owners of Northern Girls Hops west of Edmonton actually started […] Read more

Katie Kingdon, manager of Tamarack Jack’s, talks about the products being brewed at Alberta’s newest meadery.

Alberta’s newest meadery takes a different approach

Reading Time: 3 minutes Alberta’s newest meadery is doing things a little differently. Along with a traditional honey wine, Tamarack Jack’s Honey and Meadery also produces a variation that might tempt those who prefer a brewskie to the so-called ‘drink of the gods.’ “We are a small apiary turned into a meadery just recently,” Katie Kingdon, manager of the […] Read more


Brothers-in-law Spencer Peterson (l), and Randy Adams have started small with one acre of hops, but they plan to grow up to 10 acres 
within three years.

Hop in: Growing craft brewery market drives demand for local hops

The startup costs are significant, but demand for Alberta-grown hops is growing fast, 
and there’s money to be made for enterprising producers

Reading Time: 5 minutes A visit to an old grape orchard in the heart of B.C. wine country last summer has inspired two southern Alberta producers to try their hands at a different kind of viny crop — hops. “That was really the seed that started it all,” said Randy Adams, who owns and operates Pair O’ Dice Hops […] Read more